Lewis Hamilton arrives for Brazil GP in tracksuit and denim combo

Annette Crawford
November 9, 2018

The newly crowned world champion, who took his fifth title at the last round in Mexico, also said he had no plans to concede a victory to his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

After Hamilton's fifth title was confirmed in Mexico last week, Vettel also pinpointed a three-race stretch between Singapore and Japan where Ferrari's upgrade package actually made the auto slower.

Mercedes can seal the constructors' championship at Interlagos for the fifth year in a row, providing Ferrari do not score 13 points more than them, and that will be the team's absolute focus. In previous years when he has clinched a championship before the end of the season he has failed to win another race, and he says he is determined to break that pattern.

The Briton has won nine of the 19 races so far this season while Bottas, who has dutifully obeyed team orders to help Hamilton and endured agonising bad luck while leading, has yet to triumph.

"If you look at the last two races, we've struggled", he said. "I have not asked Valtteri if he would want that but he is not going to want that".

"But I am really hopeful we get in the auto this weekend and it feels more normal and we are more competitive", Hamilton added. It already feels like we are on race No 25 this year, so I don't think more races is going to be a good thing. "Or methods you can apply to next year which will be important, so even though they have not been great races they have been steep learning curves for us".

With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, a maximum of 86 points are on the table for each team, as race victories are worth 25 points and second place finishes are worth 18 points. He's going to want to win it in his own way.

And he was clear that Ferrari needed to start learning lessons to make sure that their own on-track performance - as well as their drivers' - remains strong from Australia all the way through to Abu Dhabi next season.

So I don't know if I'll be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don't think he needs that.

"I definitely wouldn't want to win by being given [it]", he said.

"It's hard to explain why it has been tough for us, particularly in this last one, but I really hope the vehicle this weekend feels more normal and we are more competitive". "I want to win by winning the race myself".

Ferrari outscored Mercedes by 12 points in Texas and by 11 in Mexico.

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